As what is seen as the lying streak of President Akufo-Addo and his government continues to proliferate, the latest red-herring has come in the form of a rather shameless irony.
Nana’s arrogation of credit for the Wa Water Project to the erstwhile Kufuor government, while openly discrediting President John Mahama, who had built it, as un-resourceful, is just one of the angles to what is seen as his ostrich dance.
President Akufo-Addo had traveled to Wa by air and successfully touched down in the Upper West Regional capital because of an airstrip that President Mahama constructed while in office.
Therefore, while Akufo-Addo was discrediting President Mahama as an un-resourceful predecessor, selfsame Akufo-Addo, who had launched the water project that Mahama built, had also entered Wa via an airstrip that President Mahama built.
Many angry Ghanaians are already trolling Akufo-Addo on social media with the outpouring of scorn, including a labeling of him as ‘Nana Ntro Hene the first.’ Others have invoked Karma on the head of Akufo-Addo and his lying tongue.
This President, whose administration used the 2016 budget that President Mahama’s administration had put in place to run the country until its first budget in March, this year, told Ghanaians in Wa that President Mahama had left the coffers empty for him.
Interestingly, Akufo-Addo could afford to allocate Ghc1.5billion to the Flagstaff House alone for only one year, in spite of the claim that he had inherited empty coffers.
Meanwhile, this government, which promised in opposition that it would never borrow a pesewa to run the country because the money is there, has already borrowed some Ghc40billion in just nine months, and nobody knows what it has used the money for.
For another $20billion from China, this government is preparing to hand over the Atiwa forest reserve to the Chinese so that they can dig it up for bauxite.
What baffles many Ghanaians is that, in spite of all the huge borrowing, the government does not have a single project to show for. Even the rollout of the Free SHS has seen the allocation of only 20% of funds budgeted for.
Amidst what is seen as incompetence, Akufo-Addo has taken to launching projects that President Mahama undertook and calling them his own. Among others Nana has claimed that he started Free SHS even though the program underwent piloting in 2014.
He has re-launched a pineapple factory in Ekumfi in the Central Region which President Mahama’s government had started in 2013, and also claimed the rollout of the National Identification project as an achievement of a campaign promise, even though President Mahama put the system in place.
The latest in what is seen as an ongoing spell of lying is the arrogation of credit over the Wa Water project, which was built by President Mahama, to the Kufuor regime.
According to Akufo-Addo, the Kufuor regime, which had been voted out of office in 2008, secured funding for the project, even though the funding was secured and the project started in 2013.
President Akufo-Addo had also claimed that the predecessor Mahama government had left empty coffers for his administration and that President Mahama had not been resourceful.
Interestingly, even the airstrip on which his plane had landed in Wa had been constructed by the same President Mahama that Akufo-Addo has called un-resourceful.
The Wa airstrip, is one of 10 airstrips and aerodromes that the Mahama regime had undertaken to either construct or rehabilitate while in office.
Indeed, the 2016 budget had made provisions for airstrips/aerodromes throughout the 10 regions of Ghana.
As part of an upgrade of the airfield runway, a terminal building for flight scheduling had gone under construction which made it possible for President Akufo-Addo’s plane to land in Wa on Tuesday, this week.
Strangely, it is this same Akufo-Addo who has claimed that President Mahama had been un-resourceful in office.
Already, the jury is out on social media, with many Ghanaians calling the President a shameless liar.